"A male-centric municipal code doesn’t reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley," a city council member said.
Berkeley, California, a city with a long history of progressivism, is moving forward with a plan to remove all gendered language from its city code as part of an effort to recognize its nonbinary residents.
Soon, in the Bay Area city just east of San Francisco, all instances of "he" and "she" in the city code will replaced by the gender-neutral "they."
The City Council on Tuesday adopted the first reading of the new ordinance eliminating "gender preference language" in its municipal code.
With the change, “manholes” will be called “maintenance holes,” “firemen” will become “firefighters,” “manmade” will be “artificial” and all instances of “men and women” will be replaced by “people.”
The effort was spearheaded by City Council member Rigel Robinson.
Over the weekend, police in Tennessee asked locals not to flush their drugs down the toilet for fear of turning alligators into "meth-gators."
After officers witnessed a suspect try and dispose of methamphetamine in a lavatory, the Loretto Police Department warned residents on social media that such actions could create "methed up animals," CNN reported.
Police shared the advice on Facebook, writing: "Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A New Jersey police officer has pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated while on duty in April.
Matthew D. Ellery, 29, of Franklin Township, pleaded guilty Friday before Somerset County Superior Court Judge Kevin M. Shanahan to an accusation of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, heroin, a third degree crime, and a summons related to driving while intoxicated, prosecutors said in a release.
Police have arrested a Texas woman who they say has lived with her mother's decaying remains in plain view for the past three years.
Investigators believe Jacqueline Crayton fell in the house she shared with her daughter and disabled granddaughter in 2016. Her daughter did not tend to her non-life-threatening injuries, police said in a Facebook post, resulting in Crayton dying on a bedroom floor at the age of 71.
Police found Crayton's remains last week while conducting a Child Protective Services investigation at the home where her daughter and granddaughter still live, Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols said at a press conference.
Delissa Crayton, 49, is facing a felony charge of injury to a child under 15 because police believe her daughter suffered from living in the two-bedroom home with her grandmother's decomposing corpse.
When police officers pulled over Stephen Jennings in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on June 26, they searched the car and got a lot more than they bargained for.
Jennings was pulled over about 11 a.m. after an officer noticed that his car tags were expired, police say. He alerted the officers that there were a few other issues likely to arise: There was a gun in the vehicle, for starters.
His passenger, Rachael Rivera, was charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.
Then, police said, the officers found that the car had been reported stolen and began to dig a little deeper.
And their discoveries: one bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey and one rattlesnake.
"So now he's got a rattlesnake, a stolen vehicle, firearm and somebody under arrest," Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs told CNN affiliate KFOR.
Then they found one more thing: a canister of radioactive powdered uranium.
Over 379,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in southern Nevada in an effort to "see them aliens." An additional 396,000 respondents marked themselves as "interested" on the event page as of Thursday night.
"If we [N]aruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the event description says, making a humorous reference to a Japanese manga character known for running with his arms stretched out backward and his head forward.
The page invites respondents to convene Sept. 20 at the Area 51 Alien Center, a combination diner, convenience store and brothel in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, about 90 miles from Las Vegas.
Though the event is months away, social media users have already begun to speculate about what might be inside the highly classified Air Force facility in the Nevada desert.
A sheriff's office in Missouri has taken the unusual step of offering helpful advice to criminals, in a comical post that has already been shared more than 1,000 times.
On social media, the Clay County Missouri Sheriff's Office referenced an unfortunate incident (for the suspect, at least) that took place last weekend. A man was captured by officers after his hiding position was ruined by a thunderous bodily function.
"If you've got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you're definitely having a [poop emoji] day," the department wrote, alongside an image of deputies hunting for a suspect with help from a K-9 unit.
While the police statement did not reveal specifics about the case, Missouri officials confirmed the person was detained on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
The arrest was aided by the Liberty Police Department. "We've gotta give props to Liberty PD for using their senses to sniff him out!" the sheriff's office post continued, pun intended.
SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts teenager convicted of fatally stabbing and then decapitating a high school classmate has been sentenced to life in prison.
Eighteen-year-old Mathew Borges, of Lawrence, will be eligible for parole in 30 years under the maximum allowable sentence handed down Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Helene Kanzajian.
A jury convicted Borges in May of first-degree murder in the November 2016 killing of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino. Viloria-Paulino's decapitated body and head were found along the banks of a river by a dog walker.
Prosecutors say Borges was jealous that the victim had spent time with a girl he liked.
An Illinois woman was arrested for allegedly driving her SUV while her daughters sat in an inflatable pool on its roof.
Jennifer A. Janus Yeager, 49, was pulled over Tuesday afternoon by police after she was seen cruising in an Audi Q5 on Route 2 in Dixon with two children riding in the inflatable pool on the vehicle’s roof, according to WREX.
She told officers that she was driving back from her friend’s house where she inflated the pool — and was using the girls to hold it down atop the roof.
Yeager was charged with two counts of endangering the health or life of a child, two counts of reckless conduct, and failure to secure a passenger between 8 and 16.
She was taken to the Dixon Police Department and released after posting bond.